Ikkis Aarouss

Ait Bouguemaz valley to Zaouit Ahensal trek – 6 days

Explore the remote valleys and Berber villages of Ait Bougmaz valley and Zaouit Ahenssal, and outstanding discovert of the central High Atlas Mountains.

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Ait Bouguemaz valley to Zaouit Ahensal trek – 6 days

Day 1 : Marrakech – Ait Boulli – Ait Bouguemez (1880m).

After an early breakfast, pick up at 7am & drive towards the central High Atlas Mountains, Tadla Azilal region (south-East of Marrakech), passing via Demnate, a small & old city built on 998 (40 year before Marrakech) by different Berber tribes as a trade center.During this journey you will also visit the natural bridge of Imi n’Ifri, continue via Ait Blal and then the spectacular valley of Ait Boulli, arrival to Ait Bouguemaz at the end of the day. Overnight at the Berber house (gite). 6-7hrs drive (including stops & lunch time). 

Day 2: Ait Bouguemez.

After breakfast, leaving for a visit of the scenic gorges of Aarouss, pass through several Berber villages including Tabant, Aguerd n’Ouzrou…stunning view over the Berber architecture “Tighermte”  , walk up afterwards the nice valley of Aarouss, & Azib n’Ikkiss(nomads summer meadowland), the place is full of migrating birds during Mars-April, it’s good for birdwatchers spot, walk back to the Berber house at the end of the day via Agouti village . 7hrs walk. 

Day 3: Ait Bouguemez.Visit the Berber village of Rbat at the end of Tabant side, enjoy the architecture & juniper forest with its plantes & , on the way back, walk through Ait Imi Berber village, enjoy the typical architecture of the Berber house, a Berber style called Tighermte, the inhabitant use a local & traditional materials to build & renovated their houses (made, wood & straw…) visit visit afterwards the Marabout sidi Moussa(2006m), back to the Berber house in Ikh n’Ighir village. 6-7hrs walk. 

Day 4: Ait Bouguemez (1880m) – Lake Izoughar (2530m).

After breakfast, walk up along the valley of Ait Hkim & pass through several Berber villages including Taghoulit, Ifran, Ait Ouchi & Zaouit Oulmzi, lunch on the way & then continue to Izourar plateau, the summer (from May to Aug) sheepfold of Ait Atta tribe, overnight near the lake (it can be dry if there’s less snow in the mountains during winter). 6-7hrs walk.

Day 5: Lake Izoughar (2530m) – Zaouit Ahenssal (1900m).

After breakfast, head towards Zaouit Ahensal via Tizi n’Tighboula, visit Taghia gorges, arrival to this small & nice village nice village surrounded by several ocher cliffs overlooking the rushing water of a river franged with greenery, this place is known by its beautiful landscapes and the giant Mountain of Tamga Amsfrane 600m of high in Imi n’Ouarg. 5-6hrs walking. 241km 

Day 6: Zaouit Ahenssal – Marrakech.

Last day of the trip, drive from Zaouit via la Cathedrale & Telguit, pass through the beautiful lake Ben Elouidane as well as Azilal city, lunch at Ouzoude waterfalls, drive afterwards to Marrakech.

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